I would wake up in the middle of the night literally dripping with sweat. It’s hard to explain to anyone what it is like. I was only in my early 30’s and something was clearly wrong, but I had no idea what it was and why it was happening to me. I didn’t occur to me that it could be hormonal, I believed that I was years away from the menopause and so I never even considered that it could be a hormonal issue.
Shortly after having my second son I started to suffer with severe mood swings, dreadful night sweats and breast pain that I can only describe as a feeling of soreness with the sensation of heaviness. I’m not a large person at all, in fact I’m only 8 and half stone at best and so I’ve pretty much always been very small busted, but when I was going through all this I remember struggling to get out of bed in the mornings and having to support my chest with my arm because the pain was excruciating. My breasts would swell every time and feel like boulders that were attached to me. I put it all down to the fact that I was fatigued and finding life with a new baby and a teenage son challenging, but several years later and nothing was improving, I was still getting the night sweats and in fact the symptoms appeared to be getting worst and the breast pain was awful.
Although throughout my life I had suffered with feeling low up to that point, but I had always prided myself with the fact that I had never suffered with hormonal issues, or so I thought. I realise now looking back that I had a hormonal imbalance even when I was young and that over the years it steadily got worst and that my second pregnancy seemed to propel the symptoms onto more physical ones. It’s hard to describe the overwhelming feelings that are associated to hormonal issues, PMS (pre menstrual syndrome) or menopause, but for me it was like a big black cloud that hung over me, constantly telling me that I wasn’t good enough and that I was a failure, every small thing in life seemed huge and every challenge impossible, I felt on the edge when I was pre menstrual and it felt like I would break at any moment over the smallest thing that wouldn’t work or go right, and sometimes there appeared to be no logical reason at all for the tears that I shed, frustration would sweep over me like a huge Tsunami and I spent a large portion of my life feeling low, not realising that much of it was down to a hormonal imbalance, consequently I also spent a portion of my life on anti depressants as a result of not knowing. Don’t get me wrong, life had been tough as a child and this definitely compounded the issue and my feelings, but having a hormonal imbalance made it nearly impossible to attempt to cope with anything in life.
When eventually I started to suffer with the night sweats they were indescribable, I remember the feeling of the sweat dripping down my legs in bed, my hair was wet and my clothes soaking. I remember lying in bed at 3am not wanting to move, I was cold and trying to muster up the strength to get out of bed in the freezing cold to find some dry sheets and nightclothes. I usually ended up not changing the sheets and would grab two towels instead, one to put on top of me and other to lay on because the bed was too wet to get back into, but also because I couldn’t wake my then husband. My side of the bed and the duvet was always drenched and so lying on towels was all that I could do till the morning. By the time morning came I would strip the still wet bedding and pick up the night cloths to put into the washing machine. I remember feeling the wet sheets and clothing and thinking these are still so wet I could nearly wing them out; they were heavy with sweat almost like they had been washed and put aside to dry.
This continued until I started to see a homeopath and slowly the night sweats become less frequent. I had used homeopathy briefly whilst I was pregnant with severe pregnancy sickness that resulted in me needing to be hospitalised and the homeopathy certainly help to ease the symptoms and take the edge off. Sometime later I started my training as a homeopath and had regular treatment, and the night sweats over time completely ceased as did the severe breast pain. Today I still take remedies if I’m starting to feel premenstrual and very quickly any symptoms ease and subside, and as time goes by I have noticed that things have improved and that my need for the remedies has become less and less, which is often what is reported back to me by other patients who have come for help for various issues.
I have met many women in the clinic who have found themselves in much the same position that I did. Many feel that they have no one to talk too, and though their story may be different from mine, because we all experience PMS, menopause and hormonal issues in different ways, the result is the same, and these women can feel desperate and alone with no one to understand what they are going through either physically or emotionally. PMS, menopause and hormonal issues can be debilitating, for some it can even cause physical pain. The women that I see all want the same thing, which is to simply get their life back, to feel normal, for the pain to cease, for that black cloud to be lifted from them and to enjoy the things that they once enjoyed and I believe that Homeopathy is one such system of medicine that may help women out there who may be suffering alone.
It is true that there are many things that women can do to improve their symptoms and health and that doesn’t just stop at Homeopathy, diet has to be considered and there are other disciplines that can be of help also, but for me and others, Homeopathy has been a life line and given me back my life.
Do I suffer with night sweats now? Well recently I woke in the night sweating, and just for that moment I panicked thinking that maybe the sweats were back after having not suffering with them for several years, until I then realised that I had left the electric blanket turned up high by mistake.
There are other more serious conditions that can cause night sweats, such as low blood sugar and infections and so it is important to get checked out by a doctor if you are in any doubt at all.